"By the time I got to North Carolina, I was pretty tired, because the whole trip was weighing down on me."
Yankey, a 6-foot-5, 278-pound offensive tackle from Roswell (Ga.) Centennial, began his trek two Thursdays back in South Carolina. The following morning, he visited Duke and later that afternoon UNC. He closed out his tour that Saturday by visiting Wake Forest.
UNC had verbally offered Yankey a scholarship a couple months ago. During his stop in Chapel Hill, he was given the official scholarship paperwork.
Also during his UNC visit, Yankey met with the academic support staff and toured the campus, including the dorms and basketball facilities.
Before leaving Chapel Hill, Yankey met extensively with Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.
"[He discussed] just stuff about how they want four offensive line commits," Yankey said. "They already have two guys and they want me to come.
"We talked about how I liked the school."
Yankey's Carolina tour will go a long way when he begins to narrow down his list of choices to three or four schools in a couple months.
"Especially for the summer, I'm trying not to [develop favorites]," Yankey said. "I'm just seeing all the schools I can and getting all the feels for them. And then at the end of the summer, I'm going to start narrowing it down."
In addition to the four Carolina schools, Yankey has visited Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Yankey has trips to Florida and Stanford lined up. He's also considering revisiting UNC.
"I'm going to try to revisit as many schools as I possible can, because I want to really get to know the coaches," Yankey said.
Yankey isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment. He says it's possible that he waits until Signing Day.
Before he makes a verbal commitment, Yankey said he will officially visit each of his final three or four schools.